Instructions from the Syllabus
For each unit you will be assigned a discussion board. This board will not center academic writing. For example, you may post additional articles, general comments on the books/characters, or your questions. (Your posts can extend beyond those examples.) You are required to engage with classmates and must post a minimum of 3 replies in addition to your original post. There is no minimum word count but your work should reflect knowledge of assigned materials and engagement with your classmates.
You may post anything which you feel is relevant to our content for the unit.
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What elements of the Nine Noble Virtues could you see within Odd and the Frost Giants?
What traditional stories did you notice in the text? How does the presentation of myth in Odd and the Frost Giants compare with the children’s version you read previously?
What differences did you notice from the first Thor comic?
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I had never read the original Thor comics before. I had no idea the character started out as a normal human who would turn into a god by carrying Mjolnir. I’m glad that more recently the character has been portrayed as the actual Thor, as I find the stories involving the Asgardians much more interesting.
That being said, I really enjoying “Odd and the Frost Giants”. It was a short read, but a wonderful story. I love how Gaiman took the story of the Frost giant who built the wall around Asgard, and then added a vengeful brother. It shows how the frost giants may have felt about being tricked by Loki and the other gods, but also that the giants knew that they weren’t totally in the right in that situation. When odd asks the giant what his brother had asked for as payment, the giant responds “‘Nothing really’, … shifting from foot to foot. ‘Just stuff'” (Gaiman 81). Gaiman’s story takes the same humanization that Norse tales give to the gods, and applies it to the frost giants as well.
In the beginning of the Odd and The Frost Giants it spoke about Odd’s father who died. I see his father as being Honor from the Nine Noble Virtues because of the reason he died, which would have been because he was saving a valuable pony. Along with that we see a lot of self-reliance from Odd. Like it says in the beginning there is really nothing special about him, so it’s apparent that he relies on himself most times. This book oddly seems like such a fairytale compared to most of the other readings we have done. It is interesting to see how far along the Thor comics have come or even any of the marvel comics. The Thor comics we have seen from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby depict Thor much differently than how we see him in the actual Mythology readings. In the readings he seems much more powerful and like we see in Odd and The Frost Giants, he becomes an animal which is something beyond what we had ever seen him do before.
The elements of the Nine Noble Virtues seen in Odd and the Frost Giants are courage, self-reliance and hospitality. Odd was definitely courageous to take the next step and intertwine with the animals, while not knowing them. He became a kid full of self-reliance, while stepping out of his comfort zone and getting out on his own. He was alone with the animals and became so hospitable to them, making them comfortable and they made him feel accepted as well.
The traditional stories that were noticed in the text were The Ugly Duckling and Robin Hood. The Ugly Duckling is noticed by the fact that Odd feels good about himself while he is out with the animals. This story shows as he is transformed into a better version of himself while socializing with the creatures. Robin Hood is also noticed because Odd finds himself as an independent loner, yet he finds himself as a strong boy. The presentation of myth in Odd and the Frost Giants compares with the children’s version that was read previously by stating more details. The children’s version was more simple and did not include as many details as this one.
The differences noticed from the first Thor comic were Thor’s ultimate strength and courage. He is shown as a strong man, that is willing to do what he can to show off that power. His courage is depicted while he steps in and saves the day and shows the ultimate power score.
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